Lent Visual Symbols



During the 40 days of Lent, Christians around the globe remember the sacrifices of Jesus Christ – in setting aside His eternal nature to become human; and in His willing submission of His will in deference to His Father’s will, becoming “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8, ESV). It is a time of repentance, reflection, and personal sacrifice, many believers committing to give up some activity or indulgence during Lent to more fully identify with Jesus’ sacrifices. Pennway’s Worship Design Team has been working hard to design signs and symbols of the Lenten Season. Each week, I will highlight some of these visual reminders in this blog. In this world with its endless distractions and shiny objects that pull for our affections, it is my prayer that these symbols of Lent will pull you back to worship our savior Jesus Christ.


As you approach the main entrance of our church building, you will notice Lenten wreaths hanging on the front doors. These wreaths represent the following:

  • The ribbon is tied in the trinity knot, representing the Holy Trinity, God in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • The burlap ribbon is a reminder that Jesus came to serve, not to be served;
  • The purple ribbon serves to remind us of Jesus’ kingship;
  • The round shape of the wreaths represents the eternal nature of God, with no beginning and no end.

The Season of Lent is universally associated with ashes, the Lenten symbol of repentance. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with a service of confession and repentance. In the Bible, ashes represent sorrow, grief, and misery. They are a picture of our mortality, a tangible sign that the Lord God has created us from the dust of the ground and that we will all one day return to dust.


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